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Monday 10th June 2024

 
 
 
📱 Big Tech & Startups
 
 
Apple To Launch “Apple Intelligence”

Apple is set to introduce its AI initiatives under the brand name "Apple Intelligence" in iOS 18 and other operating systems, focusing on daily life enhancements rather than creative tasks. Features will include AI-generated notification summaries and auto-replies in Messages and Mail.

 
Source Link (9to5mac.com)
 
 
 
SpaceX scales up Starfactory, aiming to build a Starship a day

SpaceX's Starfactory started construction back in February. The upgrade gives Starbase an extra 100,000 square feet of factory floor to help SpaceX reach its ambitious goal of producing one Starship a day. SpaceX intends to start building Starship Version 2 at the new Starfactory.

 
Source Link (newatlas.com)
 
 
 
Siri is reborn in iOS 18 — everything Apple's voice assistant will be able to do

Details about Siri's new functionalities as well as prompts that Apple used to test the software have been leaked. Many of the prompts used contain natural language, often detailing descriptions of what the user is trying to do along with arguably superfluous details.

 
Source Link (appleinsider.com)
 
 
 
Microsoft makes controversial Recall feature opt-in

Microsoft has revised its Recall feature in Windows 11 PCs, making it opt-in rather than on by default, and requiring users to enable biometric sign-in through Windows Hello for access. This change comes after concerns were raised about the potential privacy risks and security flaws in the tool.

 
Source Link (gizmodo.com)
 
 
 
🤖 Artificial Intelligence
 
 
Claude's Character

This article discusses the importance of training AI models to have good character traits, such as curiosity and open-mindedness, in addition to avoiding harmful behaviours. Claude 3 was the first model where "character training" was added to develop traits like ethical thinking and thoughtfulness.

 
Source Link (anthropic.com)
 
 
 
Silicon Valley in uproar after lawmakers demand AI firms install ‘kill switch’

California state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require AI companies to install a "kill switch" to prevent their products from causing disasters. The companies are pushing back against this measure, with some threatening to leave Silicon Valley in response to the regulations.

 
Source Link (nypost.com)
 
 
 
🚀 Science & Future Tech
 
 
Ars chats with Precision, the brain-chip maker taking the road less invasive

Precision Neuroscience, a company at the forefront of brain-computer interface technology, has implanted its BCI on 14 human patients with plans to double that number by the end of the year. Unlike Neuralink, Precision's approach focuses on staying on the brain surface instead of invasive procedures.

 
Source Link (arstechnica.com)
 
 
 
World’s 1st ‘immersive audio’ phone call with 3D sound made by Nokia CEO 

The 3GPP IVAS codec standard, developed by a consortium of 13 companies, including Nokia, allows users to experience 3D spatial sound during phone calls. Nokia's CEO, Pekka Lundmark, has made the world's first live immersive audio and video call using this technology.

 
Source Link (interestingengineering.com)
 
 
 
💻 Research & Tools
 
 
Spreadsheet Is All You Need

This project, a nanoGPT pipeline packed in a spreadsheet, was created to help further understanding of how GPT works. All of the mechanisms, calculations, and matrices included are fully interactive and configurable, designed to help readers visualize the entire structure and data flow.

 
Source Link (github.com)
 
 
 
Improving Model with Synthetic Data

Researchers have developed a Synthetic-Domain Alignment (SDA) framework to enhance test-time adaptation (TTA) methods. SDA effectively aligns source and synthetic domains by fine-tuning pretrained models with synthetic data generated through a conditional diffusion model.

 
Source Link (arxiv.org)
 
 
 
Inspectus

Inspectus is a versatile visualization tool for large language models (LLMs) that offers diverse insights into language model behaviors.

 
Source Link (github.com)
 
 
 
⚡ Quick Links
 
 
 
 

With Marriages Declining in Japan, Tokyo's Government Is Building Its Own Dating App LINK

 

OpenAI's new method shows how GPT-4 'thinks' in human-understandable concepts. LINK

 

Messenger's new community chats don't need to be connected to Facebook groups. LINK

 

Tesla preps its API for Robotaxi with two new features. LINK

 

Nvidia's Blackwell can train GPT-4 in 10 days, but does this solve current models' problems? LINK

 

Google’s $2.3 million check helped the company get a trial by judge instead of jury. LINK

 

Yelp can sue reputation company for promising to suppress bad reviews. LINK

 
 
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